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Faux Mercury Glass from Recycled Vases 


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Faux Mercury Glass from 
Recycled Vases 

Written By: Brookelynn Morris 


Respirator (1) 
Spray bottled) 


Krylon® Looking Glass Mirror-Like paint 


Vases (5) 

Vinegar (1) 

Water (1) 

Paper towels (1) 

Dropcloth (1) 

Gloves (1) 


Mercury glass is a beautiful collectable, prized for its silvery, shimmery finish and rich 
layers of texture. But vintage pieces are as expensive as they are rare. Fortunately, you can 
use Krylon® Looking Glass® Mirror-Like paint to recreate the look with recycled glass 
vases and candleholders. 

There are several ways to get the look and they could not be more simple. Don't plan on 
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making just one piece. Instead, give yourself an instant collection. Select mismatched glass 
with varying heights and shapes. The paint will unify them. 

Display them with branches of greenery, candles, moss, velvet and crystals to create a 
high-style vignette that evokes the beauty of the season. 

Step 1 — Faux Mercury Glass from Recycled Vases 

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• Find a space for a sweet vignette, 
like a mantel, bookcase or cozy 

Step 2 

• Gather your materials. Set up a 
workspace in a well-ventilated area 
with a dropcloth protecting your 
work surface. 

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Step 3 

• Shake the Krylon® Looking Glass® 
Mirror-Like paint vigorously. Rattle 
the can for 3 to 5 minutes. 

Step 4 

• The Krylon® Looking Glass® 
Mirror-Like paint is unique, and 
behaves a bit differently than 
standard spray paint. Instead of 
applying it to the outside of the 
object, the look is achieved by 
painting the inside. It's a bit thin, 
and accordingly it is best to apply 
in quick, short bursts. 

• Hold the can close, less than 1' 
away. Spray a burst of paint onto 
the inside of the vase, then turn the 
vase and spray additional bursts 
until the inside of the glass is 
completely covered in a single thin 

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Step 5 

• Continue adding coats, letting each 
one dry for 1 minute before 
applying the next. Add up to 5 
coats of paint. Remember to 
continue to shake the can 
intermittently while you work. 

• As the paint dries, it quickly 
changes from dull and cloudy into a 
bright, reflective sheen. 

Step 6 

• Real mercury glass has a finish 
that looks cracked and damaged. 
To mimic that effect with the paint, 
there are several easy techniques. 
The first technique uses household 

• Lightly spray a solution of half 
vinegar, half water directly onto the 
paint and let it sit for about a 

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Step 7 

• Gently and slowly rub the vinegar- 
misted paint in small circles. Use a 
paper towel that has also been 
sprayed with the vinegar solution. 

• The vinegar affects the paint by 
allowing it to "break" when you rub 
it. The result is many different 
interesting and beautiful textures. 

• Experiment with different amounts 
of pressure to achieve different 
looks. The speed at which the paint 
is rubbed also changes the texture. 

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• Distress the glass as much, or as 
little as you like. To add another 
layer of depth, complete the look 
with a final coat of Looking Glass 

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Step 9 




• The second technique for creating 
these vases is extremely simple. 
Just spray the Looking Glass paint 
onto a wet vase. Very lightly spritz 
the inside of the vase with water, 
then add paint in short bursts. 
When the paint and water dry, the 
result is a texture that looks as if it 
were created with molten silver. 

Step 10 

• The last technique for creating the 
mercury-glass look takes 
advantage of the thin nature of the 
paint. Spray a longer burst of 
Looking Glass paint into the vase. 
Then, slowly rotate the vase to roll 
the pooled up paint around. Use a 
piece of paper towel to keep the 
liquid paint from dripping out. 

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Step 11 

• When the paint is dry, bring your new collection in and add candles, moss and greenery. 
Never put food inside the painted vases. If you add water before the paint has completely 
cured the paint could peel, but branches and lights are perfect accents. 

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